This time, Romania's Addex is our man featuring his signature atmospheric deep sound on "Rumble In The Bronx". Small vocal chops are laid out on a stomping beat, keeping the tune dry and direct in the first third. Guitar snips and chord stabs take the tune towards a lush breakdown, just to return to that steady groove with the help of shiny cymbals.
Greece's Ilias Katelanos sticks to the deepness factor of the original but introduces a slightly shakier groove, adding some congas and a pulsating synth line. A classic Deep House bass line gives this tune a bit more chest-bumping than the original, making it ideal for an early evening purpose.
From Denmark, we have DeepWit's head honcho Alvaro Hylander who extracts the pads from the original to lay them on an infectious, deeply pumping drums and bass foundation. Punching kick, lower than low bass and an even housier groove turn this into a floor-filling rework, perfect for pre-peaktime sets.
Nadja Lind, that lovely fairy from Berlin eventually invites us on a trip to deep Dub land. The guitar samples play a major role here, being nicely used on top of a trippy atmosphere, chords being added when the remix returns to a heavily Basic Channel-ish infected groove work, let alone the truly rumbling bass. Beach venues will appreciate this mix.
Finally, Addex himself offers a more stripped down Dub of the great Original, with an amazing bass line full of balearic goodness. A hi string is introducing a soft hook line that keeps floating on this ride-driven, lush package of fantastic deepness. Summer vibe might be a good description here as well.
catalogue #: Pesto 017
title: Rumble In The Bronx
release date: 10th July 2012 worldwide
01. Rumble In The Bronx (Original)
02. Rumble In The Bronx (Ilias Katelanos Remix)
03. Rumble In The Bronx (Alvaro Hylander Remix)
04. Rumble In The Bronx (Nadja Lind Remix)
05. Rumble In The Bronx (Dub)
First things first: let me express how overwhelmed I am by the sheer number of contributions! With Pesto being the small label that we are, I would have expected maybe 20 or 25 remixes at best. We had 50 in our inbox - wow, you guys are effin amazing! Hats off to you for putting time, effort and love in your reworks! I'd also expected to have like 3 or 4 decent remixes, hence the licenses for the first two winners for the awesome softsynths "Discovery Pro" (worth 149EUR) and "Discovery" (worth 75EUR), sponsored by makers of fine software synths discoDSP. But no way, we have way more than 3 decent remixes!
A word to discoDSP: I've also contacted other manufacturers of plugins, which I won't name here, that replied "your Alexa ranking doesn't look good, I expect some additional promotion from giving away free licenses". Note to self: don't buy at this company anymore. There's a german saying that goes "other mothers have pretty daughters as well" - other developers have proper compressors, too;)
So let me take the chance to say a big thank you to discoDSP, namely head of the company George Reales for getting back really quick and on top of that being very nice and generous. Make some noise for discoDSP, please! Usually, it says "our proud sponsors" but in this case we're the ones being proud of the sponsor. ¡Muchas gracias!
Where were we? Ah, the winners. Hang on, I need to say something about being biased first. When going through the list of winners, you'll find quite some people that are either Pestoleros (=artists) already or are somewhat closely related to us. I tried to be as objective as possible but, in the end, choosing remixes from a contest always is a highly subjective issue. I did not look at the names, I did not care for the genres provided - I think I proved I wasn't biased by publishing detailed feedback on your contributions. In fact, there are quite some Pesto artists who submitted remixes that didn't make it among the best 10. If you feel my rating of your remix is somewhat unfair or you don't understand what I meant, feel free to drop me a line via the contact form (I'll be off next week, so please allow 10 days for a reply).
Here are the first two winners of the Pesto Remix Contest 2011 for my "Aegean" tune:
1. Ilias Katelanos: like I said in my review, Ilias has home field advantage being from Athens. The emotions I tried to pack into "Aegean" were in fact triggered by a lot of stays and DJ gigs in Greece, not limited to the Aegean sea. If you know me a bit better, you know that I love Greece, I love Greeks, I love greek food, I love the mediterranean sea. And even though the mediterranean sea has lots of lovely spots and lovely people all around its edges, Greece will always remain special for me. I've made so many outstanding experiences in Greece, namely on some island in the Aegean sea that I was simply impressed of how well Ilias translated this vibe - even though we've never met in person (yet).
Like I said, this remix is "like a sunrise in the Aegean when the starry sky fades and all the shades of night grey are replaced by intense colours". It's also masterly and beautifully crafted, it's obvious that Ilias has a lot of experience in making music and that's what sets his remix apart from the others. Congrats mate, you've just won a license of "Discovery Pro" - hope it adds nicely to your sound arsenal:)
2. snapd/Science Associates: similar issue here. What strikes me is the highly professional level on which this rework was created. It seems to be very easy and accessible but this is achieved by applying lots of very smart and subtle details. The sound selection, the balance of the mix, the overall sound/production - all that is very "official" and I would not hesitate to spend money in order to get such a remix. I already said in my review: it is indeed trancy and it is a bit cheesy. But it's an amount of cheesy that's not only tolerable but Phill (aka snapd) managed to stay on the edge in a very elegant way. If I heard this on the radio, I'd say "if there were more tunes like this on the FM, I'd finally try to listen to the radio again". It's not that David Guetta-in-your-face-cheese, it's a well matured Pecorino with truffles.
Congrats also to you Phill, you've really more than earned that "Discovery" license!
So, these are the winners of the softsynth licenses. Problem: we have more - not only decent, but really proper - remix submissions. I've selected the ones I digged the most and, including Ilias and snapd, got a list of 11 remixes I consider worth releasing. Some of them may need a few tweaks here or there for the final release and they'll surely all get a proper mastering. At this point, I'm a bit undecided how to handle this issue. For the Aegean single, we already have a remix by Miami's Andrew Chibale next to the original and the first two. I think that's enough tracks for a release.
So I thought, we could make some compilation that will go on sale via the usual channels (Juno, iTunes, Traxsource, Beatport & Co) but I will discuss with all artists if there's maybe another way. Maybe donate the income to a good cause (I mean 100%) or offer the compilation as a Pesto FreeBee so that the remixers will get maximum exposure. If listeners enjoy what they hear, we could still set up a donate button or pay royalties to the remixers. Let's see;)
Why are you still here? Ah, the list of runners up. Here you are (in no particular order):
- Leaking Shell (UK/Germany)
- Nick Fay (FYROM)
- Chuter (UK)
- Alex Semchuk (Ukraine)
- Simon Tappenden (UK)
- J Kar (Greece)
- Paus & Darang (Sweden)
- Fair Play Knight (Russia)
- DJ Jem (Greece/UK)
Once again, thank you so much for all your great contributions, to discoDSP for the great prizes, to Sarah Haswell at SoundCloud and Ronnie at rekkerd.org for supporting the contest! I've wanted to test drive that remix contest thingy but now I can assure you there will be another one in 2012!
So let's quickly get to the last ten remixes then, Final Countdown out, Aegean in - you can't explain that;)
I'll anounce the winners in a bit and in a dedicated blog post.
Lee Fraged Back To The 90s remix:
pro: cool bassline reminiscent of some Hardfloor, build-up simple but working
con: I find the organ sound to be a bit weak for that bassline, keeps the track somewhat low in energy
pro: good implementation of the original hookline, proper arrangement, buildup in the break is awesome opens the tune width-wise, breakbeat part keeps the suspension, good additional sequences, has artist's signature, good adaption for this genre
con: could have a bit more energy or get a bit more driving when the straight bassdrum drops in, orchestra hit is a bit too cheesy imo
pro: nice vibe
con: arrangement has little detail, chords don't match base note properly, chords drop in too immediate and have too little variation
pro: Oh hai, it's you!:) innovative use of the sequences to trigger percussions, best remix of the 5
con: I'm used to having claps on 2 and 4 and not on 1 and 3 but I'm trying to get the concept behind 1/3 claps, hihats/shakers too loud and too hissy, sequences too loud compared to the beat, still lacking focus but much better than the other contributions, a bit too long
Roberto Conforto Remix:
pro: good use of the original sequences, simple but effective beats, detailed arrangement, signature, bent drone/F1 car passing by sound
con: a bit weak in the bass section compared to the energy level of the rest: screaming sequences require a solid fundament imo
pro: interesting use of the sequences by shifting them timewise, build up good
con: lacks bass severely (especially noticeable after the break ends), too wet, bassline sound too deep for the screaming hooklines, lacks focus
Fair Play Knight Electro Remix:
pro: this guy knows his shit regarding punchy drums, proper arrangement, signature, nice harmonies
con: lacks focus a little and therefore creates a more floating atmosphere, which I find a little irritating considering the "harsh" timbre of the sounds used
Jai Lyra remix:
pro: that's what I call a clubby bassdrum, good groove, proper build-up, detail, very DJ-friendly arrangement
con: that sequence after 04:09 doesn't really sit right with the base notes although I like the idea
Ωti Drug's remix:
pro: interesting soundscape, if it did not have beats and was a bit shorter, it could make for a cool ambient track
con: lacks focus (or the focus is too much on swooshes), too wet and washed out, arrangement lacks, is a bit undecided whether being a dance or chillout track (and yeah, I know some people have invented the Chill House subgenre but that's not that)
DJ Jem Remix:
pro: awesome chopping job, very detailed arrangement, focus, cool build-up throughout the whole tune (remember the remixes I critized for having two parts not being connected enough? Here's an example of how to do that)
con: maybe a bit too many breakdowns although that creates a lot of variation, the last part after 05:44 is a bit lengthy and could have more variation
Tuchy Frunk Remix:
con: the histrings are running the whole track - not good for my tinnitus, way too dry, sounds are not balanced, too heavy on the treble, the sidechain ducking is more annoying and tears the whole tune apart, the sounds are a bit too generic/weren't programmed with dedication, no DJ-friendly arrangement
pro: nice drum grooves
con: a House tune without a bass line? Let me think if there is one at all. Not going to work, you could also make a track without a bassdrum, the delays are too loud (they are badly clipping), arrangement hardly there and way too raw, some funky plug ins won't make up for a missing basis. Actually disqualified because downloads are still enabled despite sending several messages
Full Of Beans - Baked Mix:
pro: it's something original and not just a reconstruction close to the original tune just quoting the remix parts
con: the intro is too long and has too little variation, a proper bassline is missing
pro: 4th attempt, never giving up. I take from the discussion page that GreenKloref is really new to using a DAW and this one is already much better than the other three mixes, the groove is much better than on the other submissions
con: like said earlier, better focus on making one fat thing than sending four mediocre reworks, this one also lacks focus and dramaturgy, the sound selection is wrong for me, some of the sounds remind of GM synth modules - definitely not the sound source for a dance track
pro: nice chopping of the original parts, really cool buildup, liking that drone bassline in the first break giving it a new harmonic context
con: histrings way too loud, after the first break at 02:50 the energy level drops when the beat comes in again, that's the part where the energy should be max with a big boom, when the drone's cutoff is open, it's too loud and drowns the rest
Carl D Remix:
pro: creative use of the parts to make something new, solid beats, proper & detailed arrangement, suitable sound selection
con: not the kind of stuff I play but that wasn't what I was asking for, so it's not really a con
Christian G Chugg 2011 Remix:
pro: nice use of the samples, great deep & reduced atmosphere, liking the bassline in the beginning, nice details such as the drum rolls
con: lacks a bit of substance/flesh, the intro is a bit too long or the bassline could kick in earlier
pro: creative use of the parts, bass heavy
con: break is way too long (it's nearly one fourth of the whole tune), sidechain ducking of the bassline takes away too much energy of an otherwise properly working team of beats and bass, 04:14 throughout 05:54 too hissy
Paus & Darang Remix:
pro: bass heavy, great groove, well balanced mix, good use of the original sequences, proper arrangement with detail, loving the disco toms,
Fair Play Knight Remix:
pro: quality production sounding very punchy, good arrangement, nice arpeggio line
con: not a big fan of the lead sound although it's one with good recognition and suits the rest so that's a minor con only
In case you missed the former reviews, try part one and part two.
J Kar Remix:
pro: another one with home field advantage;) If the original is a big-breasted blonde with too much make-up, this is her little brunette sister who's more subtle, more intelligent and a girl you won't regret having spent a night with. I like brunettes, btw.
Andy O' Donoghue Remix:
pro: very dubby and reduced, cool groove
con: the pad coming in at 01:26 is a bit too dominant/loud imo, arrangement could be a bit more detailed and a bit more focused
As remixed by Science Associates:
pro: arrangement and sound are very radio-ish, very stringent arrangement, nice details, great harmonies. Slap some vocals on it and it's played in radio stations on the Balkans or some mediterranean islands. It IS trancy and a bit cheesy, but it's the kind of cheesy I really love. Reminds a bit of a Soda Inc. remix from "Inner Vision" times. Proper!
pro: dreamy atmosphere
con: the sequence coming in at 01:47 seems to be out of sync, the dramaturgy lacks a bit and the arrangement is missing some detail and focus
Ville Nikkanen Remix:
pro: nice reconstruction of the original sequence by turning it into an arpeggio
con: lacks a proper bassline, pretty heavy on the mids and treble, the part after 06:27 is a bit of "too many ideas" or too many melody lines playing at once, making it lose focus, arrangement could be a bit more DJ-friendly
Sava Boric Remix:
pro: I like heavy bass drums:)
con: track loses focus after 02:57, it sounds like a new track is playing that has no connection with the part from before, the arrangement lacks detail and is too linear
pro: nice chopping up of the bassline in the beginning
con: the new bassline doesn't fit, arrangement lacks detail and buildup, too linear
Kirk Jones 2011 Progressive Remix:
pro: really digging the beginning here until 02:01 when the groove totally changes
con: it's a bit too long, if it was like 07:00, it would be easier to keep the suspension but this way it remains a bit flat and feels lengthy
pro: completely different vibe than the original in the beginning
con: the vibe changes during the tune (which is not necessarily a bad thing) but here, I also find the parts to be a bit disconnected as if it was a mashup of two different tracks
Dj Miss Gwen:
pro: a lady producer - that's always to be supported, nice strict groove
con: a bit too dry and direct, too close to the original, the break is a bit too long
Freaking Wildchild's IDM-n-glitched mix:
pro: totally different approach, adds some signature (which the Andy Moore mix lacks), really liking the sharp drums and that strict groove, lots of detail in the arrangement
Paul Greenway Remix:
pro: what I said about Freaking Wildchild's mix, this has the signature of the remixer all over it, drums are damn smashing in your face, new harmonic context
con: a bit short but that's something that can be fixed
Scandalo De Lux by Macduda:
pro: the beats and the bassline are full of energy as well as the trancy peaktime/big room stabs
con: that first sequence. It is, umm, it is really cheesy and sounds dated. Retro is all cool and that but this thing is such an essential part of the remix, it just doesn't do it for me
Leaking Shell Remix:
pro: that bass, that groove, that sound, the buildup in the break
con: antiphase noise effect, this will cancel on a mono PA but that's easy to fix.
Nick Fay Remix:
pro: there's one thing Nick Fay is good at - deliver. DJ-friendly arrangement, nice details and FX sounds, cool re-interpretation of the original bassline, nice buildup & layering towards the big break and when the beat drops back in after, sounding very solid (and I don't mean that because it's louder/mastered but because it sounds very compact)
con: the histrings are a bit too loud
pro: usually, using "interesting" is not a good sign but in this case, I mean in in the best sense of the word. That's something totally new and innovative, it's just inspired by the original and uses the percussion loop, the rest reminds me a bit of the things you can do with a looper, creating dense atmospheres and layers of guitar riffs.
con: it lacks some bass percussion - the way it's now, it's more kind of Ambient Rock if you will, adding some breakbeat aka Prodigy or Chemical Brothers could turn this into a massive bouncer
Semchuk RainyDay Remix:
pro: putting the original parts into a new harmonic context is something I really like, nice details in the arrangement, sounding very solid also, while the original is a summer tune, this one has a cold quality, indeed reminiscent of a rainy day
Ilias Katelanos Remix:
pro: it's a bit unfair maybe but Ilias being greek and well familiar with the Aegean Sea definitely seems to have an advantage here:) The suspension is constantly built up until the Aegean theme drops in at 02:00. At 02:49 you'd think that was the tune and it's going done again but that's not happening. It goes higher and higher, like a sunrise in the Aegean when the starry sky fades and all the shades of night grey are replaced by intense colours. A great bridge track for DJs going from deep to more housier stuff.
Simon T's Dark Lantern mix:
pro: did I already mention I like putting things in a different harmonic context? Here's a dark and techy re-interpretation with lots of detail, dubby delays and lovely sound selection. Simon's signature all over the tune
Brandon Villa's earthrumental mix:
pro: nice atmosphere, quite chill
con: pitches don't match, lacks focus
Also worth a mention is detailed feedback I have for all you remix artists. I went through the tunes a couple of times, made notes, changed my mind sometimes, made more notes, came up with a grade for your rework. I thought if there's a total of 10 points, both you and I would have a good scale. Since I'll also publish detailed feedback here, today starting with part 1 aka the first 10 remixes in chronological order of their submitting, I'll also need to explain some words/terms I'm using.
Here's that "glossary":
detail: Detail is used in terms of arrangement. Imagine, you have a track of 06:30 running time and from beginning to end, the same drum loop is running without any variation. That means the "detail" rate is zero - no changes, no variation. If you're using filter sweeps, mute the bassdrum or any other element for short breaks, add crash cymbals, sweep FX and the likes, you're adding detail to the tune. I know a couple of tunes that have nearly zero detail but because the main hook is so detailed by itself, the track is working. On a sidenote, you can also add too much detail which causes the tune to fall apart and make it sound confusing. Detail often goes hand in hand with...
focus: You have the beats, a bassline, a lead/hook, pads, strings, another piano line. The human ear (or the brain for that matter) can only focus on three melodies playing at the same time. A producer's task therefore is to decide which elements are important and thus will have the focus put on. If it's getting too much, you cannot focus or the tune lacks focus. This can both be an engineering issue as well as an arrangement/composing issue. If you have five different melody lines playing at once but you lead the listener's focus to just one or two of them, the other lines will be considered less important or accompany. If they're all equally prioritised, the listener feels getting lost. A listener CAN focus on one thing though and listen to just one of the melodies but since the producer is the captain, it's his/her decision on which part to put the focus on. A producer is leading the listener.
signature: Does it sound like the latest XYZ sample pack or is there some element that sets the tune apart from others? No problem with using sample packs at all but if you just utilise premade construction kits by somebody else, the outcome will sound like a tune by somebody else and not you. Signature can be very subtile or very obvious. Obvious examples are Stock/Aitken/Waterman, the producers of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama and many more back in the 1980ies. Totally different artists/performers but the tracks always had the same "sound", the same feel. Or Björk: different producers, yet all her tunes share a similar quality. You can listen to a Björk tune and know immediately it's one of hers, even without hearing the voice. A good example for subtile "signature" is Trevor Horn: what does Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal have in common? At first sight, not much but the closer you listen, you discover similar production techniques being used.
Another thing that's important for me when it comes to remixes: I'm fully aware that "remix" in its original form stems from a different time. Usually, it was an engineer having 24 or 32 (or more) tracks from tape laid out on the console. The faders were set to certain levels and so were the equalizers and FX. A remix in the 1960ies or 1970ies simply meant a different mixdown of the same tune, just with altered levels creating an alternate version in a technical/engineering sense (very roughly speaking). During the last 20 years of Dance music, the term "remix" has more turned into "use some of the original tracks/stems and put them in a whole new context or make a completely new tune out of the remix pack". I like that more creative approach and I'm usually making remixes following that philosophy. A good example is my "Babe-A-Pella" of Soda Inc.'s "Night Fever". I was heavily involved in making the original but a few years later, I took the original stems, looked at them from a new perspective and made a remix that could be considered a "new original". The remix stayed on top of Beatport's deep charts and remained in DJ sets a couple of months during the summer of 2007 BECAUSE it was, in fact, a new tune, just making use of some of the original elements.
Today, remixers are being asked to rework a tune because of their signature. You have this tune but want it in ABC flavour? Ask ABC for a remix. What would it sound like if DEF had the same vocal to work on? Ask DEF for a remix. You get the picture.
Enough introduction, here are the reviews for the first ten Aegean remixes:
pro: nice cutting up of the stems, same sounds put into new context, nice groove
Miguel Libre Sundown Remix:
pro: completely new vibe, goes into a more organic direction, creates new harmonic context
con: Aegean hook line coming in at 02:00 doesn't fit the harmonies, arrangement a bit too linear and flat, not too many highs and lows
beaTTrate 118bpm Remix:
pro: simple but effective groove, nice chopping and re-arrangement of the original parts
con: chord stabs introduced in the second break (after 04:00) don't correspond with the other sounds that well, sound a bit alien in there, the two beaks are a bit close to each other, making the tune lose a lot of energy
beaTTrate 122bpm Remix:
pro: pretty similar setup as in the 118bpm version but the arrangement works better for me
con: chord stabs see 118bpm Remix
Trogers Liquid Housemade Deli:
pro: bandpass-filtered bassline sounds interesting, also liking the different (break)beat.
con: loops not in sync at 03:11, hats a bit too hissy, definitely lacking bass, too long or arrangement a bit too flat
GreenKloref minimal Remix:
pro: bassline sound at 03:44 is cool
con: the pitches don't match, sounds a bit like the parts were wildly thrown together, "too many ideas" for one tune, heavily lacking focus
GreenKloref down remix:
pro: definitely more focused than the minimal Remix but still sounds a bit confused
con: if you make music, get the pitch straight, some people do not notice when things don't go together (or are off by a few cents) but I do
GreenKloref Ayobaness Remix:
con: same beat as in the former two remixes, sounds nearly identical except for some exchanged patches, sounds odd again and too flat arrangement-wise
pro: fourth try, more focused
cons: the sounds again, you should ask yourself if you would play such a tune or if you would buy it. If the answer is "no", then start over and try once more. Rather than doing four remixes, focus on doing one fat one
Andy Moore Remix:
pro: arrangement to the point, could have a little more detail though such as risers and downers/boom-ish FX or crashes or something with a similar function
con: sounds a bit like the whole tune was recorded in a bathroom - could be Logic's Modulation Delay plug in that can be used to broaden the sound, doesn't sound good here for me as it subtracts a lot of the punch, the overall sound is very dry, too little variation in the arrangement, a bit too close to the original for my taste.
So far, these remix arrangements were done by personal contact or asking Pestoleros for a favour. You usually do not notice much of the work that's going on behind the scenes. Today, we'll make an exception.
We are happy to announce the first open remix contest on Pesto Music! #prmx
The tune in question is Jon Silva's "Aegean", first released back in the summer of 2007 on our very first 2.0 compilation. Now, we're looking forward to releasing a remastered original along with brand new remixes. Any genre goes, the parts/stems are a free download and on top of that, you can also win a free license for a softsynth.
Our sponsor for this contest is Spain's discoDSP, makers of outstanding software synthesizers - with the "Discovery" plug in being their elite product. Please check out discoDSP's web site to see their product range and buy a license in case you're not among the first two winners;)
Here's the quick pitch:
track to remix: Jon Silva - Aegean
prizes: first winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery Pro" synth plugin (worth 149EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, second winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery" synth plugin (worth 75EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, third winner gets a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto plus fame
rules: contestants must be 18 years or older
deadline: 18th June 2011
Please find the remix parts/stems and more details on our dedicated remix! page.
There are other labels, especially those without well known names in their artist roster that put out a single each and every week. The majority of their releases being plain crap, there are still some nice ones - the pearls - among them. These labels follow a lead that can be best described as follows: many releases lead to more visibilty and acknowledgement in the scene, the few superb records we have will skyrocket. That's one possible way of seeing things and it's proven to work. I don't have a problem with that attitude at all as I see it's a way of promoting a label in a cost-effective manner. You can still focus on quality later and decrease your release rate. Just by being present, these labels gain attention - nothing wrong with that.
So what are we doing here at Pesto Music? We focus on a specific quality. You probably won't see Pesto releases in the sales charts of download services too often (well, they are in fact) and they're never the next over-hyped thing. Pesto releases have long-standing qualities which excludes releasing hits that you're tired to listen in six months. Whenever I send the Pesto Music catalogue to somebody who's not familiar with it, they are always surprised by the release date and tell me that our stuff doesn't sound dusted at all.
In addition, a lot of focus goes into the track list. Looking at our Pesto EPs, you will find six tracks by various artists there. And even if we have 20 signed tracks, ready to be released, that doesn't automatically mean we have the next three EPs. Lots of dedication is put into compiling those EPs. Are these two tracks too similar vibe wise? Is this one a bit too far off sound wise? Isn't that one too hard for the rest of that playlist? Could it be that this one is better put on the next 2.0 or toolbox compilation rather than on this EP? Lots of things that have to be considered in order to create a lovely package for you. That also means listening to possible track listings 20, 30, sometimes even 50 times.
"Is all this effort worth it" you ask? Well, from an economic standpoint, it surely isn't. We'd be way better off if we released more and maybe sign weaker tracks.
But in the end, it's that philosophy that we stick to. We want Pesto Music to be a label known for its distinctive style, for its musical quality and for the love we put in every "product". In the far future, when we intend to retire, we want to listen to our catalogue, nodding our heads to every groove, feel the bass of any track, have memories stirred up connected with those tunes, pay attention to the lyrics, sip on our drink, lean back with a big smile on our face and say "Yeah, that's definitely the way WE wanted to it!"
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- hypebot: The 10 Commandments Of Music 2.0 http://bit.ly/fCbsW all 10 items: check (though there's room for improvement, of course)
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- RT @aalaap @anaggh: If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.#tips ROFL!!!
- DJ Sets World Record For Longest Set » Synthtopia http://bit.ly/j08T8
- "Never argue with an idiot. He will lower you to his level and beat you with experience." too true, anybody knows the source?
- Russian Woman rapes 10 men. : worldnews http://bit.ly/GTTPd in soviet Russia & stuff rofl
- The Green Dam Phenomenon - WSJ.com http://bit.ly/3kOBGl Germany in line with China and Iran re web censorship, that makes me proud now:(((
- Lisbon's light-touch drugs policy http://bit.ly/B5Zqg
- morning tweeple! Facebook vanity name set: http://facebook.com/pestomusic - that's way better to remember;)
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- The most analogue, organic oscillator in the world: the electric fish oscillator | SynthGear http://bit.ly/2lf3H
- Petrol cans as record boxes | Nerdcore http://bit.ly/1pKwO
- Apple Gets Pwned, SF Store Is Now Advertising DVD Jon’s doubleTwist http://bit.ly/NTHhm
- HOME - really great documentary about our planet Earth, watch full vid on YT http://bit.ly/5DuXh
- Virgin Denies Interest In Playboy | paidContent.org http://bit.ly/BOHp3 it's actually just that headline that strikes me :D
- Dutch Music Collection Society Loses Artist Royalties In The Stock Market | Techdirt http://bit.ly/eXmGn
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- Netherlands runs out of criminals, has to shut prisons - Boing Boing http://bit.ly/ziaNT
- Pirate Party Backed by Sweden’s Most Prolific Writer | TorrentFreak http://bit.ly/GfNYa
- I love to make people happy!:)
- RA: How to CDJ properly http://bit.ly/z0ALa
- Sony Pictures CEO: The Internet Is Still Bad | Techdirt http://bit.ly/8NZCk Lynton, you REALLY do not get it. #sony #fail #interwebz
- BBC NEWS | Europe | Germany bans cola after drug test http://bit.ly/L8ttV now THIS keeps you awake for sure
- Fear And Loathing: The Board Game - Boing Boing http://bit.ly/w6fom think the Samoan lawyer is missing;)
- deepGroove Radio http://bit.ly/vcxDI
- RT @ButtaBaby @sistertoldja #3wordsaftersex with R. Kelly "You not 12??????" ROTFL
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Doing all this research takes time. In general, an article posted on pesto.de requires approx. 30 minutes of research and fine tuning of the words at least.
We use twitter to broadcast infos that are either not worth an update of our web site (because it's too little content or they're just small bits), because they're not related to what we publish here (see trials around piratebay or german civil rights) or because they are of a certain urgency and need to be published *instantly* rather than two hours later (no, we're not referring to Patrick Swayze's pre-death).
Every once in a while, we "recycle" our twitter stream and take out the most newsworthy things to post them in a dedicated news post here on pesto.de. This is just the cream of the crop, the sugar on top, find another rhyme on -op. Yet still, there are a couple of net news to be found on our twitter stream so it totally makes sense to follow us in order to get the latest DJ mixes, videos and articles we've filtered out of the net for you.
Sometimes, we just receive links to DJ mixes. After asking the respective DJ for permission, we post the download link on twitter but not here. Here are two examples: Replika and Mike Starr, both part of our upcoming "2.0" compilation just sent a link to their friends - we make it publically available in order to promote those artists.
So, get on twitter, follow us, tell your friends to do so, too and we'll all be happy. Well - ish...hehehe. Of course, you could also just visit our web site and see what we have posted but we feel better with you as a follower.
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- Was war links? Sehr interessante Doku über die Zusammenhänge der 68er, RAF et al. http://bit.ly/4XBcc
- @jensscholz hat einen guten Artikel über Politikerverdrossenheit, äh, Politikerverachtung: http://bit.ly/TgxHW
- NDR Fernsehen - Sendungen - Zapp- Politiker-Pläne: Heftige Proteste gegen Sperrungen im Internet http://bit.ly/4AFeOv
- RT @mogisverein Die Umfrage http://bit.ly/eigeneumfrage im #mogisblog wird häufig falsch zitiert .. Bitte Fragestellung lesen #weitersagen
- Florian ‘fh’ Holzhauer Hintergründe zur lawblog.de Downtime http://bit.ly/jL1di
- flashmob: Grundgesetzlesen http://bit.ly/i1FMI kommt am Samstag um 14:00 auf die Domplatte in Kölle, andere Städte siehe Link, RT this!
- wer kein Grundgesetz hat, hier gibt's ein PDF: http://bundesrecht.juris.de/bundesrecht/gg/gesamt.pdf
Ich hoffe, wir sehen uns morgen um 14:00 auf der Domplatte in Köln, um
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- Synthesizer Tattoos: Synth Geekery at it's Best | SynthGear http://bit.ly/12k41f
- Mike Starr, who's also part of our upcoming "2.0" compilation just uploaded a new DJ mix: SoundCloud http://bit.ly/13SlTx
- Daniel Denvir: I, Pot Smoker | Huffington Post | http://bit.ly/QnmlO
- Person In Charge Of Determining If Pirate Bay Judge Is Biased... May Be Biased | Techdirt http://bit.ly/xuLJb
- YouTube - the world's first DJ battle http://bit.ly/PUNa1
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http://myspace.com/jonsilvager - my music profile
http://myspace.com/pestojonsilva - my private profile
http://last.fm/user/pestomusic - what we listen to
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515759576 - oh yes, we're on Facebook too - like once a month or so;)
http://twitter.com/pestomusic - one of the latest hypes probably, we'll explain in brief what we use it for
http://youtube.com/pestomusic - Pesto TV
http://play.fm/label/pestomusic - our profile on play.fm, DJ mixes to be added soon (no, really now!)
- RT @mechanique Search for who charted you on Beatport with this application I developed: http://ping.fm/II6se
- Reading: "The TT Dynamic Range Meter: Avoid over-compressing your mix - Mastering Media Blog" (http://twitthis.com/lrz62i)
- pesto.de: only 17% IE6 (transparent PNG galore!), 68% Mozilla, 9% Opera, 2% WebKit
- Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP - Traxsource.com - the best House Music ... http://bit.ly/136vms
- Ecological Business Cards | The Inspiration Room Daily http://bit.ly/vuXeW
- Sony CEO Lynton: "I'm A Guy Who Doesn't See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period." LOL, my new fav quote #sonyfail #interwebz
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We are looking for guest authors both on a regular and one-off basis. If you run a blog and would like to syndicate your content or just publish a single article, we would be very interested in publishing your work here. Articles have to be written in english language but we also accept texts written in german and will translate them for you.
Content we are specifically interested in covers how-to posts (say production advise, DJ tutorials, social media, etc.), background info (aka "behind the scenes" things) or general thoughts about certain aspects of working in the creative business. Yes, that means pieces on video editing (or directing - we love shorts!), copywriting or photography will fit the bill perfectly well.
You can get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please say "guest author" or similar in the subject field. Once we have received your message, we will get back to you with more details. If you read pesto.de regularly and are missing posts about a special topic, you can also send us a message and share your thoughts with us or leave a comment on the Pesto community (requires free sign-up).
"toolbox: one" , as the name implies already, is aimed at DJs in order to provide you with floor tools, clubby movers and shakers. We have taken the very best from our sublabels Traxx and Clear Recordings to bring you a banging collection of tunes ranging from DeepTech, DeepHouse to proper TechHouse and Acid.
"toolbox: one" contains top notch tunes from both established artists such as Da Funk, Quell, Cooccer, Jon Silva/The Mulder as well as rising stars on the TechHouse sky such as Seroton, Dennis Rossknecht, White Spectrum or Cologne's Most Wanted member Khaan.
Here's the track list:
01. Seroton - You Make It Strong
02. Da Funk - Roasted
03. Quell - Baby Gaps
04. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
05. White Spectrum - White Box
06. Cooccer - Ion
07. Jon Silva - AcidHouse
08. Dennis Rossknecht - Sides Of Groove
09. The Mulder - Shy
10. Traxx - Traxx
Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" will be available exclusively via Traxsource from tomorrow, 7th April 2009. All other stores to follow on 14th April 2009. Check back on pesto.de to preview the tunes in our player later today.
Please see yourself:
And now, check out this logo - isn't this a graphical representation of the Eyes of Providence, especially the green parts?
Not really. The original design of the Pesto logo illustrates a plate full of Spaghetti al Pesto (Pesto Genovese, to be precise). No conspiracy, no providence, just plain yummy and delicious - quite like the music we release! Wow, some people really seem to have a lot of free time...
Especially, when comparing or correlating two kinds of statistic data, one can find fruitful insights (or leave you clueless).
When looking at the sales of Pesto Music (without Traxx and Clear Rec. sales), the ten best selling territories are:
01. USA (ok, could have told you that without looking into the records)
02. Germany (this surprises me now, seems there are more deepheads around than what I thought)
03. UK (would have guessed this one on #02)
04. Canada (another surprise, yet I know Canadians have a great taste in music plus have great artists themselves)
05. France (you French guys just love melody and music, don't you? I mean, who invented the chanson, after all?!)
06. Spain (this really suprises me - Spain used to be among our least selling countries but this has changed when going digital. ¡Gracias!)
07. Japan (oh yeah, Japan has not only a vivid scene but also some really bad-ass artists!)
08. Italy (yeah, we love you too - hint: check our name...haha)
09. Australia (we knew there was something beyond kangaroos and the Great Barrier Reef - Australia is among the highest movers in this list)
10. Switzerland (man, there's Da Funk, Replika, C&M Production to name but a few. Zurich is Europe's #1 city when it comes to clubs per inhabitants!)
Interestingly, the volume of downloads sold in the USA is approx. five times the volume of Germany's sales. The other territories sell more or less the same volume, this is also true for countries on position 11 and below: The Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Sweden, Portugal, Mexico, Poland and Denmark.
Now, let's take a look at where our web site visitors come from:
Similar phenomenon here as described above: we have pretty much the same number of unique visitors from Poland, Sweden, Australia and from the countries following on #11 and below. These countries are: The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, Georgia, Estonia, Slovak Republic, Mexico, Ukraine and Turkey.
Visits from the USA make up three times of the number of visitors from Germany.
How would you interprete that data? Italians are more web-affin then British but British spend more money online? Russians are just downloading free stuff (oh, not only them, by the way) but buy less or have trouble getting music online? Would also be interesting to relate the sales data to the number of inhabitants of the respective country: compare the relatively small Denmark (approx. 5.5 million ppl  ) to Poland (approx. 38 million ppl  ) - the gross domestic product per capita (i.e. per head) is approx. 38.000US$ in Denmark, in Poland it's 18.000US$ per annum [data quoted from Wikipedia], yet still, they sell similar volumes.
I'd like to hear your opinions and comments, so feel free to follow the link at the end of this post (signing up for the Pesto community is really free & easy but required to post on the board). If you'd like to know where your particular country is on the list, you are invited to ask that in the Pesto community, too - I'll be happy to sort those numbers out for you!
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It is beyond our knowledge why artwork and artists appearing on the label have to be entered manually as Beatport's database should provide those connections - at least, it works within their shop. Yet still it's neat to have a dedicated wiki.
We will fill the gaps with content but we're also inviting you to add your rating (five out of five headphones, of course...hehe), missing artist connections and comments to our wiki page. You might also declare yourself a fan and show some love for Pesto. You will need to log in to do so but if you already have an account on Beatport, you can use those credentials.
So far, we experienced the whole thing to be a bit buggy still - connecting artists to the label only works every now and then, for instance. But we are sure these minor issues will be ironed out within brief and might be due to our configuration.
Pesto Music on Beatport
Pesto Music on Beatportal's wiki page
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Been through a nightmare with the computer here: first I thought I had faulty memory installed (replaced it, then after two weeks the machine would do weird things again), then I suspected the hard drive (same story after two weeks), was looking on eBay for a used G4 and finally found one from a very nice british guy. Thanks to the Euro/Pound Sterling conversion rate, the "new" machine was quite a steal. I have to add that I have to maintain quite some PCI equipment here and really did not want buy a new MacPro.
The trouble didn't end here as I could not recover my backups. What I am doing now is copying back each and every file individually - thanks goodness I have a backup at all! You can surely imagine that after eight years of use, my old system was quite a mess. I got along with it well as it was kind of grown organically and Apple's Spotlight technology makes it easy to handle the chaos of 1TB (yes, that's TeraBytes) for a messie like me.
With huge relief, I can say that I am coming towards the end of the recovery process after I have recovered all my software licenses and files. There are remix projects, productions and administrative tasks piling up here and you cannot imagine how happy I am to be finally able to make music again!
Not only did I use the idle time to complain about how bad the computer gods punished me but I made up my mind and am finally introducing some changes to pesto.de.
You will see much more frequent updates in the future as I will turn this page away from a simple promotion and announcement platform to a more personalized "blog-style" page. Hence, I will post cool/odd/interesting finds from the interwebs such as good reads, Youtube vids, software tips, production tutorials, you name it.
You will also find our PestoCasts and Pesto FreeBees reanimated as well as our radio show. I also noticed that the Pesto community has got somewhat silent recently, so expect some changes with regard to that one, too. I'm thinking of discussions related to certain posts here on pesto.de in addition to the DJ mixes posted there by our fans and supporters.
Last but not least, we will also have new releases that were scheduled for January and February finally on the way to you. More details here soon (you'll find a small hint in our new header already).
Finally, let me thank you for bearing with us and being patient. You won't regret it!;)
Jost Gerischer aka Jon Silva, Pesto Music
Besides the obvious facelift, we also rearranged some of the content and added new features to make pesto.de an even more popular source of entertainment and information. Here's a roundup of what we did, going from the top of the page downwards:
Layout: We left the era of "web 2.0" gloss, no more reflections on our logo, less eye candy and a more graphical approach. We believe that this makes the information more accessible and furthermore concentrates on what's important: content. We are now using a centered layout still but broadened the whole content area as widescreen formats become more and more standard. Additionally, this allows for a better separation of the main content and the sidebar content.
The submenus used to be below the navigation tabs and could have been overseen pretty easily. These submenus can now be found on top of the sidebar, making it easier for you to access these pages and subscribe to our email newsletter for instance or perform a search on the site.
The navigation itself remains more or less untouched on top of the page but is less colourful. As we have grown up and gained more self esteem, we don't need that huge logo anymore (just kidding) but rather sport a new header that relates to our artists or releases. You will see this header to be exchanged by a different picture every now and then. In case you haven't noticed, it's Sandra Lima - the performer of our current releases Pesto 011 and 011R.
Regarding the news archive, we also switched from a monthly archive to an annual one. All older posts are still there in the respective year - don't forget you can still search for posts by using the categories or by performing a search.
Features: You will find two new features on the news page. The obvious one is our "current releases" player which allows you to listen to our - you guessed it - current releases. This player will be updated before the actual release so pesto.de will be the unique place to preview our upcoming releases long before they're available anywhere else. In connection with our brand new Releases feed, this will be a killer feature for anybody haunting after the latest and greatest tracks.
We also rearranged the content of the former "about" section and renamed it to simply "pesto". This section has been stripped content-wise - "artists" and "catalogue" were joined into one single section - but we have added functionality to make the new "catalogue" area a great research tool. Releases are categorized by label and type of release (single or longplay), each entry uses tags for the artists featured and allows to search for all releases with a specific artist/remixer. You can also use the tag cloud to do so. Each post's publishing date reflects the release date. By subscribing to the Releases feed, you'll always be up to date regarding the new stuff on Pesto and its sublabels. On top of that, you can also have related news items displayed. Isn't that cool?
A word about sublabels: you probably noticed the "Clear" entry - expect more news these days!;)
[update: links from within the RSS feed were broken - this is now fixed]
Today on Friday, 15th of August, the 4th issue of our radio show will be broadcasted on danceradio.gr.
Here's your schedule for the PestoMix show:
CET (central Europe): 2:00pm to 4:00pm
click here to see the local time of some selected cities around the world
Our guest in the second hour today is Clubstar/Conya's head honcho Henri Kohn who's contributing his edgy and pumping "Deep Electronic Workout" mix. Here's the track lists:
1st hour: Jon Silva
01. Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame [Pesto]
02. Two Armadillos - Snowflakes [Dessous]
03. Cooccer - Driftin' [Traxx]
04. Franck Roger - Backed Up [SSOH]
05. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (Scope's Noche Urbana Remix) [Pesto]
06. Sebastian Davidson - Cherry Blossom (Spiritchaser Remix) [Outside The Box]
07. Shur-I-Kan - Noodling [Winding Road]
08. Nikola Gala - Puta [Escada]
09. Lobo Guara - Resta Aqui (Vincenzo Callea & Luca Lento Remix) [White 25]
10. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jon Silva's Clap Clap Instrumental) [Pesto]
11. Da Funk - Roasted (Jon Silva's Replay) [Traxx]
2nd hour: Henri Kohn - Deep Electronic Workout
01. Steve Ferrand - Morning Glory (Urbantorque)
02. Manuel Tur – Vabanque (Freerange)
03. Seb Davidson – Magdalena (CDR)
04. Solumun – Don´t cry (Compost)
05. Shin – Folger (Robert Babicz Rmx) (Yellowtail)
06. Paolo Martini - Bang the Box (CDR)
07. Lopazz – We are (Rex the Dog Rmx) (Get Physical)
08. Demarkus Lewis – The Leech (Conya)
09. Smith & Selway - Total Departure (CDR)
10. Test Pattern – Way Beyound (Amber)
11. Sam Ball – Bush Fire (CDR)
Tune in to danceradio.gr here!
There's actually a story behind it: we are launching our first web radio show on danceradio.gr! Every third Friday of the month, we will have a two-hours show. The show is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm CET+1 (which is local greek/Athens time).
Our first issue will be mixed by Jon Silva, introducing Pesto and Traxx as labels with a lot of music from us and some friends. You will also hear a couple of tunes to be released soon and some previously unreleased remix works by Jon for other labels - exclusively on the show.
Click here to see the banner for the PestoMix show. Feel free to support us by putting it on your myspace profile or web page.
More details here in brief.
We are sorry to say that we have to pull PestoMix 008 off the page until this issue is being solved. We, as all the other labels that have been part of the PestoMixes before, consider this free promo for the artists and labels we love. On the other hand, Defected is totally right from a legal point of view.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
[update: after publishing this, we got a lot of reactions from all over]
Ricardo Torres' statement (posted on the Traxsource and SSRadio forum, too):
Here's what I posted on Undergroundhouse.net (you need to register first to read the thread):
"Went through this thread after somebody pointed me to this one - good read.
I'm running a small label called Pesto Music and today, I also received one of those letters as the latest free (!) PestoMix by Ricardo Torres contained two tunes from "In The House". Here's what they said:
"I have received a newsletter with a PestoMix that includes 2 of Defected tracks that are unreleased. Defected has not granted you any authorisation to use them and we control the copyright. Please remove them from this mix immediately. You are giving our music away for free when you do not have the rights. We will seek compensation for this illegal usage. Please email me immediately."
First off, the tracks had been released (how could Ricardo buy them on Traxsource otherwise???), second...well, you all said that about supporting & stuff.
I know it smells like cheap self promo here, but I just wanted to let all you jocks know that we at Pesto & Traxx gladly embrace the opportunity of you guys supporting us by putting our stuff on your mixes. You're furthermore authorised to use any Pesto & Traxx tunes in your mixes (and it'd be great if you'd let us know so we can link back to you). We also experienced that FANS put up our music on youtube - and hey, we say "thank you" for doing so.
I'm not saying Defected are dick heads - from a legal point of view, they're right. I just don't understand their way as I believe putting tracks in mixes won't hurt your sales rather than support them. Strange world we're living in...
cheers...Jon Silva, Pesto Music"
Defected, there are two ways: either you're trying to treat your biggest supporters as criminals or you're trying to bash your competition (are you afraid of Pesto, really now?). Either way, the stance you're taking is hardly understandable by the House music community, especially not by the ones that buy your products and supported you throughout the years of your existence.
Apparently, you haven't understood what the internet means and how it works. When somebody else put up Simone de Nauw's "Luv" on youtube, we said "thank you for the support" rather than asking the respective person to take the file down. The steps you take will result in damaging your image as the leader of House music labels as so many people are connected nowadays. You would have had the chance to get your products promoted for FREE but you rather chose to do harm to your artists and your public appearance. What a pitty.